Guide to the non-surgical oncology team

The Joint Collegiate Council for Oncology (JCCO) has published a short Guide to the non-surgical oncology team which sets out the respective roles of the medical specialties that provide non-surgical oncology services and in particular the distinction between the complementary disciplines of clinical oncology and medical oncology.

Clinical oncologists and medical oncologists, together with clinical haematologists, and paediatric haematologists and oncologists, provide the vast majority of non-surgical cancer care across the UK. Each specialty has its unique set of clinical skills and these are explained in the Guide.

The JCCO is the coordinating inter-collegiate body for non-surgical oncology in the UK. It is established jointly between the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), the two Colleges containing the major non-surgical specialties involved in managing cancer. However, its membership also includes representatives from the Royal College of Pathologists and the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group / Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.